ELGAR Falstaff. Froissart

Fine performances and production – another supreme Elgar bargain

Author: 
Andrew Achenbach
ELGAR Orchestral WorksELGAR Orchestral Works

ELGAR Falstaff; Froissart – Davis

  • Falstaff
  • Romance
  • Grania and Diarmid, Incidental Music
  • Grania and Diarmid, Funeral March
  • Froissart

As digital Falstaffs go, Sir Andrew Davis’s all-too-swiftly deleted 1995 account with the BBC SO remains arguably the front-runner. If both Elgar himself and Barbirolli impart the greater vulnerability and compassion to the illimitably moving closing pages, the irresistible symphonic current coursing through Davis’s meticulously observant conception provides ample compensation. The orchestral playing is splendid, the recording glowingly realistic (the experienced Keener/Faulkner production team working in one of their favourite haunts, St Augustine’s in Kilburn). The couplings are memorable, too. In Froissart Davis achieves an acutely perceptive balance between thrusting chivalry and wistful introspection (how tenderly he moulds Elgar’s lyrical secondary material). The Romance for bassoon and orchestra comes off beautifully, as does the Funeral March from Grania and Diarmid (surely one of Elgar’s noblest utterances). At its new, ludicrously low price, not to be missed.

Gramophone Subscriptions

From£64/year

Gramophone Print

Gramophone Print

no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£64/year
Subscribe
From£64/year

Gramophone Reviews

Gramophone Reviews

no Print Edition
no Digital Edition
no Digital Archive
no Events & Offers
From£64/year
Subscribe
From£64/year

Gramophone Digital Edition

Gramophone Digital Edition

no Print Edition
no Reviews Database
no Events & Offers
From£64/year
Subscribe

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

© MA Business and Leisure Ltd. 2017